Facing Roy Halladay likely will not make it easy for the San
Diego Padres to end their lengthy home drought against the
Halladay seeks his second 4-0 start in three years Saturday
night as the Phillies try to extend their winning streak at Petco
Park to 14 games.
Halladay (3-0, 1.17 ERA) has allowed three runs and struck out
14 while going at least seven innings in each of his first three
outings. He gave up season highs of two runs, seven hits and three
walks while fanning six over eight innings in a 5-2 win at San
Francisco on Monday. Opponents are batting .304 against him his
first time through the lineup, but just .121 thereafter.
“All three starts of the year I’ve just felt better later on,”
Halladay told the Phillies’ official website. “Once I get going, I
feel like I get in a rhythm and I’m repeating better. I’m working
on trying to do a better job of that early in the game. … It’s
not that it’s not there. It’s just not consistent.”
He also added an RBI single Monday for his second hit of the
“He’s really intense, man,” Phillies manager Charlie Manuel
said. “And he’s really into it. And he puts a lot into it. But at
the same time, too, he also realizes what he has to do.”
The right-hander is 3-0 with a 1.90 ERA in three career starts
versus San Diego. Halladay allowed one run and struck out a
season-high 14 in 8 2-3 innings of a 3-1 win in his first
appearance at Petco Park last April 24.
With victories in the first two games of this series,
Philadelphia (7-7) has extended the majors’ longest active road
winning streak at any park to 13. Juan Pierre’s two-run single
highlighted a three-run seventh in Friday’s 4-1 win for the
Phillies, who have outscored the Padres 51-17 during their streak
in San Diego.
The Phillies are 24-4 at Petco since it opened in 2004, with
their last loss an 8-3 defeat Aug. 16, 2008.
“I think you just find a way,” Friday’s winning pitcher Cole
Hamels said. “I think we’ve just been able to do really well.”
Signed to a minor league contract in the offseason, Pierre is
batting .316 with four RBIs in his first year with the
Shane Victorino, who homered Friday, is 4 for 7 in the first two
games of this weekend’s four-game set. He’s 11 for 25 (.440) with
two home runs and four RBIs in his last seven contests versus San
Jesus Guzman had an RBI groundout to score Friday’s lone run for
the Padres (3-12), who are 3 for 24 with runners in scoring
position during a four-game skid.
“Our guys have to come through at a better rate than we are
now,” manager Bud Black told the team’s official website. “When we
have opportunities, we have to cash in.”
Scheduled San Diego starter Cory Luebke (1-1, 3.71) hopes to
help the Padres end both losing streaks and build on his last
start. He allowed one run in seven innings of a 7-1 win at Colorado
on Monday, earning the club’s last victory.
“Cory’s a guy that we have a lot of faith in, not only now, but
moving forward,” Black told said.
The left-hander gave up three runs in five innings of a 3-1 road
loss in his only previous start versus Philadelphia last July